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Publisher's Summary

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better.

Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that's been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing.

Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey toward recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Jerome also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father's actions.

Once again Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and sociopolitical layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today's world and how one boy grows to understand American blackness in the aftermath of his own death.

©2018 Jewell Parker Rhodes (P)2018 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Rhodes captures the all-too-real pain of racial injustice and provides an important window for readers who are just beginning to explore the ideas of privilege and implicit bias." (School Library Journal)

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  • Shondricka Lovelace
  • 2018-05-16

it is a must-read for adults and children.

the narrator with really good. he brought the character to life. I enjoy listening to him portray the different characters and their different demeanors.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-23

Dead but not gone....

As a black mother, and educator in the Deep South, this book really hit the mark. I pray with tears in my eyes often begging The Good Lord to watch over my own children and my students. This is our story, and it is time for a change. This book can help young white people see what needs to be changed, and how they can help.

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  • Alicia Franco
  • 2019-05-18

Fantastic

I chose this book to read to my 5th grade class. They absolutely loved it and connected with it!!! They kept wanting to know more and lore because it triggered their curiosity.

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  • Robb
  • 2020-07-26

it's good and true

it was so good,it gives a lot if good points in the story.....its all so true and depressing but so good.....enjoy and learn from this story please!

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  • YBA
  • 2018-06-14

This was a sad tale and hard for me to read.

Even though the story was sad, it was well told and necessary in today's times.

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  • Packbuck
  • 2019-03-28

Ghost Boys was AWESOME

I listened to this book with my class. The narrator did a fabulous job. My classroom is predominantly boys, they were all upset when it ended. They wanted it to keep going. Jewel Parker Rhodes wrote a great book. It is entertaining and enlightening. My students learned a lot about civil rights.

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  • Jacob K. Thomas
  • 2021-02-15

A good book that has a good lesson to learn from

Ghost Boys is a book that is based on stories and events that have happened in the last several years, the murders of young black men and boys. Jewell Parker Rhodes' writing weaves between the current event the death then provides background on why and how Jerome was killed. The book goes deep into the raw emotions and feelings of how the biases we have, plus what we make ourselves see. The story for a black man is all too common, but for another reader, it can be a lesson as to what is regular everyday life for so many African Americans. You have to act a certain way. You should be careful of what you do around the police, don't say certain things, etc. Her examination of the struggle that a family has to deal with after the death, something not a lot of people knows or think about.

She delves into the story of Emmett Till and also provides updated information, which is extremely helpful. Rhodes' hope that this book could be used as learning material is thoughtful and I think it could be used in some cases as a template for teaching race issues and why certain people view people in a certain way. Overall this is a good book, it should be read or listened to, whichever you are able to do, you won't be sorry for it.

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  • Venita B.
  • 2021-02-03

Great Production

Thank you for doing an excellent job bringing this book to life for my middle school aged son. It was perfect. It was also a very nice touch to hear the authors voice read her Afterword.

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  • Trisha Vargas
  • 2021-01-23

Must read.

Seriously, a must read. Great story and storytelling. I'm reccommending this to everyone I know.

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  • T.
  • 2021-01-14

where do we go from here

Great story full of emotions looking at various sides of the shooting with a growth measure in the end for us all to evaluate ourselves.